Steve Harvey has experienced tremendous success over the past 27 years and now his stand -up comedy career is over. He retired from stand-up during his 10th annual Hoodie Awards in Vegas last week. The incredible success of Think Like A Man (both the book and the movie), as well as The Steve Harvey Show (with Cedric The Entertainer) and his radio show have afforded him the opportunity to leave stand-up behind and pursue his long term dream of hosting his own talk-show. So proud of Mr. Harvey!
According to NecoleBitchie, Last Thursday, Steve performed his last stand-up routine ever after 27 years of taking to the stage and performing stand up comedy routines while releasing specials like ‘Still Trippin’,’ ‘Don’t Trip…He Ain’t Through With Me Yet,’ his features on ‘Def Jam’ and of course ‘The Original Kings of Comedy.’ After his routine was over, he was asked if he had any words for the crowd and before he could talk, he immediately broke down crying in front of thousands of people as they cheered him on in a standing ovation.
He thanked his fans for helping him make his dreams come true, as well as fellow comedians, his bodyguard, wife and more.
“Thank y’all for making my dreams come true. You can’t be famous without people. [I] really, really been dreading this moment, man because I didn’t know what to say. I just wanna say ‘Thank You.’ God has given me a life far beyond anything I ever dreamed about. God is something else, man.”
“I want to thank Marjorie for skyrocketing my life. I wasn’t doing good until you came along, girl. I [surely] thank you.”
“Twenty-seven years is a long time to do something that you love to do. Bishop Jakes, T.D. Jakes told me — heard him in a sermon one time say — ‘”I would hate to die and never do the thing I was born to do.” Man, God let me do it. He let me do it. I’m not a perfect Christian, you dig, but my life has gotten to this point. Somebody tweeted me and said, ‘Your career is what you paid for, your calling is what you’re made for.’ God has positioned me just this way to be just like I am, to say what I say how I say it. I’m just a living witness that you can be an imperfect soldier and still be in the army fighting for God Almighty. Don’t you think you got to be perfect, ’cause I ain’t. Thank y’all for 27 years. I love you. Thank you so much.”
Steve may have hung up the mic but he’s still going to be busy hosting ‘Family Feud’ and The Steve Harvey Show on the radio, as well as prepping his new daytime show called ‘Steve Harvey.’
Watch his speech below: